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tonight on kqed newsroom newsroom, all californians mu stay athome, orders gov. gavin newsom. we hear from the mayor of san jose but mobilizing the public laghwmtofiers e cat pithtol hi racing to help businesswo and ers devastated by the pandemic. social distancing and isolating at home can cause stress and anxi y, we learn ways to cope and ge kqed newsroom g, and weome i would like to take a moment to say that we regard the work that we do be vital public service. now more than ever. we are part of this community
and we are joining you in taking some extra ordinary taps to change how work bu hopefully that the value of it. for the time being, althou interviews will be conducted remotely, and keeping a social does sing guidelines to help. thank you for being with us. on thursday, gavin newsom ordered all california residents to stay home as much as possible. all counties had already ised acnoe ssential busisuesneass ch the llseons are some of rvbusinee.ssesed to stay open. in the bay area, santa clara has in the county hardest hit by the coronavirus with at least 196 confirmed cas and eight deaths. joining me now by skype is,
thank u so much r taking a few moments today. >> of course. >> cedar county has been particularly hard hit, and you were among the first counties to make this extraordinary essentially shelter in place. can you talk about the thought process leading to atvi outh , decien the governor join statewide. >> well, we have certainly seen a lot of guidance for what is we happening, andsee what awful reity it in italy, and there has become apparent to everyone here in california, who has been engaged in cothis ongoinersation that there is really no hain being too early, and there is a lot of harm in being too late, and it makes itpretty imperative for local elected offials who seem to be getting it pretty quickly that we ne to do the c
really catch up d to this, by that, i mean being able to ap up testing, ramping up the number of treatment beds, l the thinthat we need to deal with what we know will happen as the coronavirus spreads in our mmunity. >> whiis really -- not a one, but if. how well do you feel, like, santa clara county residents are complying with this order? will there be any need for enforcement? >> we have goseen very compliance, i think most folks get it, they understand the pu st s icy,blpaetrtbl af we really have not needed enforcement. there have been obviously some exceptions, that i thk a gun shop, open a coupleof days ago, and i called the police chief and they were right on it, and everything is shut down situations. there will be right now it is important for everybody to understand what the rules arbecause it is not so very clear to folks who we know, it is not easy, either, there are sokinds of
construction that are allowed, other kinds that are not, so we want to make sure everruody understands first before we do any enforcing and obviously, there is willful disobedience, police will be up there next week enforcin >> how do people sort of sort that out? i have spoken to dismiss owners were confused about this order. what if you are not a customer facing business? you are doing shipmentse i have ffeeop s shremain open. are their sources? what the kind of guidance were trying to give especially to business owners and operators? >> yeah, we ha certainly on the county website, as an faq, to ensure folks can work rough with the county directive is. and we know that there are still lots of questions so we have created an email for folks to be able to contact us and i am ashamed to say, i cannot tell you exactly what that ail is but i know our team is responding to hundredsof inquiries, from individual business owners, to say hey, are we essential, are we not,
and what can dowe be g. for the most part, basic needs around telecommunications, food, infrastructure, all of those businesses are allowed to continue to operate, any supportive services that support those opatsans. >> we the governor worn on thursday that if we do nothing more than half of the states 40 million residents could be infected over the next eight weeks and as you mentioned, the real sort of goal of flattening that curve is around this idea of making sure that hospitals can handle it. we know hospitals are g already runnt of equipment to talk to me about what the status is on th side in santa clara county, what more do you need, very confident that you are getting the pplies that are coming down the state government? >> i'm not confident that the federal government is being ly able to reprovide the infrastructure that local communities need. i know there will be huge demand for thousands of ventilators, for example,and right now, we are scrambling to get more ventilators. i am not at the center of the decosions that our ty health officials are around
what exactly is needed and what is not. but what i do knows everybody is working ercely to expand capacity, we are going to lofol businessesexample, just to be able to expand space for patient beds, that we know we will need. and so we will use all the resources we have, we are blessed to be in a valley where a lot of employers are upsteppi n a big way, and we will makes a big announcement about that on monday. and we will ntinue to ke huo ngstunseit ts hee re. ho vernor and pushing the he resources out of e door quickly. we are pushing hard to e re sew hoem ergency shelters built, sowe can ensure that we can stop the spread of this virus among our homeless and encampments and shelters. >> there are so many layers to ving away what you're going to say monday but how much is the private actors stepping up? especially in silicon valley, where you are? >> well, we are very blessed to
have a commity that has a strong heart, in addition to resources. we have launched an effort called silicon lley strong, just a couple of days ago, and, we had a brief press confer0 ce, more than people volunteered, to help us for example distribute food to seniors and others who are food insecure, it will be obviously ing their energy and hours and talent along with a lot of dollars that le are contributing on that website. to see how we can scour efforts mato reach so people who are struggling right now. we know there are a lot of families who are not hetting pas come and that is where we are most focused. >> saw some modeling out of
the uk that basically concludes that to keep from overwhelming our systems, we might need to see these type of extreme measures around school closures for as much is 18 months, potentially on and off. what methods do you ve to a very anxious public about sort of have to think about this, and about their personal responsibility hhie? >> throughoutory, generations have been tested at different times, we think about the great depression, and world war ii and the greatest generation, and my message has been really that this is our moment. vethis is a difficult time, we know, for of our families, and this is our moment to s show how ndweou sac for one another this our thmoment to show amid all of the fear that we all share, that there is, yes, common fear but also uncommon valor that we can show as we work together, to get through is isa cr, is time. i don't know if it was going to beif you weeks, or a few projection suggested. but i do know that we can do this, and this mercy period will end, and then our task will be rebuilding. and if we are able to pull todo ch ge nth mweonows will from now
>> finally, we have seen a really extraordinary sort of coming together of local governments around the bay area, obviously gov. gavin newsom istrying to proactive. i know there is more that you and , though, can you lkve rntao also the federal government? anomd av., in him leaning ina big way. we are asking r more help, obviously, we would love to have more dollars to do all that we want to do, but are also asking the state to help eliminate some barriers, we think this is a real opportunity for us to build a lot of emergency shelter, for example, both to move homeless out of shelters, and off the streets but also, to help us get expansion of patient be that wcritically need. and for that, we need the elimination of some of the standard barriers, whether it is, or other state permit
requirements, so we can move quickly, and the ability to use public land, foexample, from utility districts, or caltrans, to do so. just being able to accelerate our efforts would be hugely helpful. >> all right, thank you so much for your timeand good luck. >> thank you, it's been a pleasure. the white house is working n with congress $1 trillion stimulus plan to rescue the economy as airlines, hotels and other industries struggle to survive amid the coronavirus crisis. small businesses are also hurting with massive layoffs and closures. among the federal aid being considerate, corporate tax cut andirect payments tomost americans. meanwhile corovirus testing mains out of reach for most people. so far only 22 public health labs in california are testing l for covid-19. e private lab such as quest diagnostics are now also screening samples for the
virus. joining me e w by sk from washington, dc, silicon valley congressman. thank you so much for taking the time. >> thank you fohaving me . >>'s as you know the entire state of california is now under this shelter in place order, yet the virus continues to spread around the nation. you are in the nation's capital, i'm curious what kind of insight giyou can us to what the conversations are like among members of congress. doesn't feel like both parties are eataking this and are there to work together on this? >> there is no urgency, there is an urgency first to get medical supplies out, our heroes are doctors, nurses, healthca providers. we ne get them sufficient sks. we need to make sure they have sufficient hospital beds, and that we are mobilizing the army corps of engineers to help build the capacity. we need to make sure they ve in aventilator's, i'm glad the president has finally invoked the production act and we need to adequately fund that, so that we can get these medical supplies.
the second thing we need to do is deal with the economic crisis, i mean, i'm hearing from people in my district, they are being laid off, and in certain caey don't have healthcare. for example, airport workers, not just the flight attendants, or the pilots bue ba t osthe o cleaners, the folks who are wheelchair attendants. when they have been laid off, they need healthcare encouragement, they need some form of onomic assistance, so we need to do that so we are working on an economic ll. >>want to go back to something you mentioned, you mentioned the defense production act. with kind of heard mixed signals on how far he is taking that, if he is actually using it to direct businesses to get u those medical lies to where they need to go, what insights do you have because it seems like what the president says
those daily briefings is not always what the situation is on the ground for governors around this nation. >> you are right, that is why speaker pelosi and sen. schumer have been sang it is not enough to just sign a defense production act, what are you doing? in britain, they have told the rolls-royce factories toprstart ucing ventilators. who are we directing to produce masks? who are we print -- directing to do these things? and of vecourse we the authority to order them to do that but we also have to be compensating them do that and this is something speaker pelosi has been pressing the president and the administrati on. >> let's back also to the issue of broader medical supplies, not just ventilators. gloves, masks. what can congress be doing? you spoke about finding some these issues, tell me sort of what your role is as a congressman, and helping teci lihues gee ga system.
>> well, it was 57 of us who go to the president to invokefethe e production act, i wish it on that a month ago, we can fund that and make sure that es the businehave the funding gsthe able to produce these in called for the army corps of engineers to be called they can help with putting together temporary hospitals, they don't have toesconstruct from scratch but they can help at creating beds, and morei ca. third, a 50% bonus to any critical healthcare provider or worker. we need to be rewarding and incentivizing as many people to be on the front lines, dealing with this e isis. so thare the types of things congress can do. two of your colleagues in congress have asked the tested positive for coronavirus. i'm curious about your own health, what nd of steps our legislative leaders are taking to protect numbers of congress in this critical time we u
obviously need want to be able to work. >> i'm doing everything as you can tell remotely, not going into the studio, not going in to the capital, i am practicing social distancing, we nge haown halls in our bodistrict, with fa life, and on conference calls. but i chose not to be flying back and forth, and i'm doing everything that the cdc recommends. you know, it is important for people to understand two things. this disease can hit anyone, it is not just the elderly, he can hit anyone and we all have to be taking precautions for our families and ourselves, and second, it is only if everyone literally abides by these recommendations of staying in place, of not having cisocial dist, that we will be able to get over this faster. otherw e, we are infor a much
longer period. >> as you know, one of the biggest challenges has been the lack of testing availability. but we are seeing people like rivers of congress and nba players who don't show 10 symptoms be tested. what are you doing to help boost the availability in places like california, new york, washington where we have had the most cases t in some cases, the least help. >> we prioritize that, so the cdc director testified in front of congress, i said to theme why we using these tests? at was the ggest misstep, we ought to have been using those test like so many other countries were using, in getting them widespread. now we are putting tremendous pressure on these agencies to say look, we have to t testing to be available, it is important that people get testing nobased on their social status, if they are an nba player or member of
congress, they get testing bad on their need, they are showingthem positive for atcovid-19. s when you should get tested. >> what you think more tests could be available? >> you know, listened tothe doctor, he heads up this week, unfortunately the testing is improved, it has not been at the scale, i pe hostthudies wie absolutely clea and south korea, what has allowed him to succeed is st testing and g in a smart way. there was a great article on italy and what they have done by just testing 1% of their t population. sting those who were most likely to have covid-19, and then testing anyone that they were exposed to, they have done it in a very smart, strategic way and quarantines them. >> finally d you guys have been working around the clock on this 1 billion, or, trillion- dollar bill to help rescue the
economy, do some of the u thing re talking about. tell us what the status of that over the coming daaround see that package. >> well, my push has been we need to have cash infusion for people who need it. we need to away, but not just one time we need this for probably, of course, six months you have the restaurant business be devastated, literally, layoffs of 25, 50%, soses 75%, you had airport workers devast ed. you have somuch of the economy almost 2 million e employment insuraclms that weare looking at and people need economic security, so i have been pushing for that, what we should not be doing is just providing large loans to corporations. i mean, the shareholders, and executives are not the ones i am concerned about right now. i'm concerned about people whar
ngthof work, who are vi a table, anh d i think almost the vast majority of the trillion-dollar stimulation go to them. that is the big debate right now, in congressma the senate plan in my view puts way too much of loans, like the are going to get something done, we are going to pass it but we are not going to d ll over allow for the stimulus, the bailout, to go to corporations, big corporations >> is therone particular thing that you think the federal government could do right now that would help california? >> i think what we need to do is gany hospital capacity, we need to have our military ships deployed, if they can provide more hospital beds, tha army corps of engineers deployed to create more beds, the governor has said we will have a short of almost 20,0 beds andi have been pushing demonstration to get thty capap. >> all right, we know the governor is working with you on that. thank you. we appreciate your time. >> thank you.
commercial quarters that would normally be buzzing with activity were eerily quiet this shelter in place orders along with a statewide ban on large gatherings have upended llw ns of us live, work and recreate. i addition, schools in california are now closed, parents forced work from e for home in -- and cancel outings. thank you so much for taking a few moments with us. >> thank you for having me. >> so this obviously an incredibly rare moment, not just in california but in the world, we are living with the trauma at really has no certain ending, one that is changing rapidly. and we are all being asked to distance ourselves from the people, most people in our lives. foat tips do you ghhave w? ally the social deaths -- >> the first of i have is really just to acknowledge that we are going through this, and w
to really acdge the feelings that we are having in our body. that it would be very normal to feelnxious, very normalto feel bad, and that really want to not fight against that and ourselves, and to be kind to ourselves and we want to think about the ways that we can enhance our emotion regulation and our coping. think about what are we todoing ur bodies? how are we moving? we know that when we are under stress that our bodies are designed toactually generate chemicals that make us fight or flee. and so if we are in our homes and not movithose chemicals are in our body and they will affect not only our emotional health but our physical health and our relationships, so how do we move it home, how do we have dance parties,doand how we think about those people who are around us like our kids? because we want to think reabou how is catching. >> talk about that, how should we be talking to our children about ouis? them? e listening to >> tha great question. first we want to make sure that we all acknowledge, i work with very yng children under the age of six and we often think
that they are not listening to uscr and it's ical to think about how they are hearing our words, they are here in our phone conversations and their listening to our bodies. so stress is kind of catching, so want open a conversation with them, to think about what they are hearing, and to reall, going back to the acknowledge to say you know right now, money is feeling stressed orlittle bit sad because we n'set yoe u i i lyalreas well. because grown-ups, that is critical that we make that fl >>hear e. when we say these things but it sounds and what you are saying is what i thsk most pareeventually realize is that little ears are picking up on things even if they don't understand at all. ly >> comple their little sponges with huge ears and sometimes we talked what are you hearing, or what you know about the virus?
they might walk away from us. lierngin but vthat is a time when their minds are going in the st -- and they will ask you a few questis. it is ke a moment has opened up when they can really open up and share r fears with you, and there is a nice phraeise th what is shareable is bearable. this idea that we don't want to stay with those feelings inside, that is really why i started with how acknowledge people around us how we are doing. >> one of the challenging things here course isthe fact that many of us are in the situation where we are suddenly expected to be at home with our kids, still do our jobs and we want to make sure they're not falling to behind school or learning. can you talk about this sort of lance between the structure, and education kids need, and how we can sort of make sure wev are not loading ourselves as parents. >> sure, i think that, we know wh t young children and
chthingsil are n predictable. we also know that if we cause challenges as well. so it is really a baritones. so what are the different things that we need to do and hehow do we our children? mily us to set a scheduleand then within that fa schedule, how are we thinking about relationship breaks and, that is being we are workin really hard and one of the things we know is as working parents is that the many for the minute u are working hard that is when the kids most need you. so we need our work environments to be tolerant of that. i know as an adult profession when i'm on skype calls with other professionals, we are really trying to r knowledge that children may be coming in and having questions. and how are we kind to one another about thatth recognizin the first priority is as a society to support children in to support our anxiety. and then we will get our work we done so are flexing our work rules, becoming more tolerant of the fact that we have
families, this may really help us to think about what is a good worklife balance under coronavirus, and long-term. >> quickly, i nt wa tostories abouk t how seriously people are taking these a stay, at-home orde particular i have had a lot of discussions with how parents do not seem to be taking this oras seriously we have heard stories about younger people still going out to party. do you have any tips on how to talk about this without sort of alienating people? >> that is a really good estion. i think onthing we think about is that society is sort of like a protective shield. that we want to be bigger, wiser, stronger, kind, and at different points in our histor we havhad people who have been vulnerable. and that one of our tasks is t cogether to protect those who are mo, thstat eritvu doesn necessarilyth, you might not
be worried for yourself, but that there are people that you love that you might be worried for. and so how do we join antogethe how do we say, we are worried for our healthcare workers, we are worried for our nurses, we e worried fothe people at the grocery stores, and we want to minimize risk to these people so they caue contoing their jobs. we are worried for our elderly parents, who often are actually caring for young children. and what would that be like? so we don't want to make people scared but we also want people to think about social responsibility. hopeful note, it seems to me that despite the trauma and gri opportunities, and coming together, pesitive outcomes aps in all of this, can you talk about what you see as a potential's? >> one thing that is will do is shine a spotlight on the emotional needs of people in our communities. that it will make itokay to talk about feeling sad, feeling ouangry, feeling an and hopefully that we will also see we are learning new ways, new things we can do, when we el that way, and we are
having more tools be developed, we are having a lot of professiouals really think how we provide telehealth support so we can reach communities that have traditionally beke underserved ur rural communities, people who were not going out. so hopefully we will see more people really staying -- saying i need help and have a helping offered. >> she is a child psycu logist, thank so much for all of lp yo heda>> thank you. as always you can find more of ouge at coverar kqed.org/ tran01. thank you for joining us, stay safe.
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